July 22, 2016 By Hawa Amara
Indian, Sudin Desai, who allegedly defrauded his compatriot Rajeev Verma of the sum of Le224 million, was yesterday granted bail in the sum of Le150 million by Magistrate Albert J. Moody, presiding at the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.1.
The accused was charged with three counts of obtaining credit by fraud other than false pretences and issuing of cheques against insufficient funds, contrary to law.
According to the particulars of offence, the accused on diverse dates between 1st September and 31st October, 2015 at 16 King Street in Freetown incurred a debt or liability to the complainant by obtaining the sum of Le164m by means of fraud other than false pretenses.
The prosecutor also alleges that the accused issued Skye Bank Sierra Leone Limited cheque with serial No.01554110 dated 3rd May, 2016 with a face value of Le112m, which was meant to have been drawn from account No.314727111881 SD Trade Link Sierra Leone Limited against sufficient fund.
As part of the bail condition set by Magistrate Moody, the accused must produce two sureties in like sum, while one of them must produce a title deed to a house worth Le300 million.
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He also ordered that the accused should surrender his traveling documents, and that the bail should be approved by the Acting Master and Registrar of the High Court.
Magistrate Moody ordered the accused to pay the sum of Le100 million to the complainant between August to September, 2016.
The matter was adjourned to 5 August for further hearing.